Wolves sting Bees as Reading wait outside the delivery room

25 Sep

Boom. Stopped dead in our tracks. Brentford were overtaken in the fledgling Championship table by a Wolves team whose 3-1 victory sees them climb to eighth, one place above the Bees. This following a fine mini-spell that had seen the Bees unbeaten over a four game period in which we’d picked up 8 points from a possible 12.

Ten games in and the table will, officially or otherwise, be deemed to have taken shape. It was the mellifluous wordsmith BBC Billy Reeves who previously described it as being in nascent form prior to this point.

Yet if round nine of the current campaign saw the table breaking her waters, Dean Smith and his team can be more than happy as to where they sit going into Tuesday night’s home encounter with Reading. Griffin Park being the metaphorical labour ward with that final birth squeeze taking place at around 10pm. Only then will we be given our first look at a fully formed table.

Congratulations, Mr. Smith. It’s a ……?

But to get to that point, first we need to look back on the action from Wolves in game 9. What can you say? Well, anything would be a help because I wasn’t there for this one. The trade off of away ‘green cards’ with domestic bliss being a particularly fine line to walk. Who needs a trip to Wolverhampton when a ride on the Piccadilly line and a walk around the Science Museum are on offer? Don’t answer that please. Me and HB had fun looking at the moon rocket.

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View from the opposition – players walk out with Bees on the far side

As ever, match reports are provided by the likes of Beesotted, the BBC and ‘official’ ( you can take your pick at News Now) but, equally, the world of social media helps. A lot.

Likewise, as ever Sky have the highlights on their website and, certainly, these will do until we get the full fat Burridge infused version at mid-day. Let’s just all look away for the second Wolves goal. Regardless of the refereeing decision that allowed the free kick to be given in the first place, could anybody have got something in the way? Should Dan Bentley have been beaten from there?

Oranges are not the only fruit

So what did we learn. Well, as Brentford supporters once sang. “Two Scott Fitzgeralds. There’s only two Scott Fitzgeralds.” And, it would seem, that has now become a refrain which can be shared about João Teixeira.  Double goalscorer João Teixeira not to be confused with João Carlos Teixeira who featured twice for the Bees in a somewhat bizarre loan spell from Liverpool back in 2013.

Whilst Wolves may have picked up the points (goals, not ‘deserving’, being the things that win games) the one thing just about everybody agreed on being the quality, or lack of, from the referee. Andy Davies being the maligned man in the middle this time around.

Phil Parry, partner in BBC crime of our own Billy, taking to Twitter to share his own take on things:

Talking after the game to my own Molineux insider, long term Last Word correspondent Rusty Mini, his take on things was that , “Brentford really were not that bad in the first half except in the last 10 minutes when all the shape and discipline seemed to disappear. They looked pretty good for about 5 minutes either side of their goal. I’m not one to moan much about refs but this one didn’t have his best day. Or at least let down badly by his linesmen.

Brentford head coach Dean Smith was a lot more direct in his own post match comments on the officials. Whilst still taking time to note the performance of our opponents, the standout point from his interview hinging on an observation that their second goal should have been our free-kick anyway.

He told ‘official’ that, “Their second goal should have been our free-kick anyway, it certainly wasn’t a free-kick to them, and they score from that. Games change on decisions and that was a poor decision from the official. Then at 2-1 we have a chance from John Egan with a header, we have a chance with Lasse Vibe and then we should have had a penalty for handball and we didn’t get it.

Ah,  that handball. Well, I’ll leave it to Twitter to once more give the opinion, and pictures, on that one.

As for the players and their take on things…..

Well, you know what happens on those instances that we lose. Yes, it’s time “to go again”. And we had a couple of interesting takes on this one last night.

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A disappointing loss but fair play to Walter Zenga and his pack of Wolves. With the referee impacting both teams, they may have had the run of the decisions but, equally, they’ve taken their chances.

And that, folks, is what wins games.

Next up, Reading on Tuesday followed by Wigan Athletic at the weekend. A double run of home games that sees Lewis Macleod and Josh McEachran both awaiting the resits of injury assessments. Likewise, with Ryan Woods one yellow card away from a suspension (according to the FA website but on five from just about every other source), could it be a very different Brentford midfield that we see for the next couple of matches?

Time to get Konstantin Kerschbaumer out of cold storage? Alan Mac to add his own brand of midfield bite?

See you on Tuesday when we find out.

Nick Bruzon

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6 Responses to “Wolves sting Bees as Reading wait outside the delivery room”

  1. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) September 25, 2016 at 10:54 am #

    I may be wrong but i thought that was Ryan Woods’ 5th booking of the season & a 1 game ban v Reading.

    Will view the full 90 on BeesPlayer later with interest with as you say full fat Burridge. Just as well for Mark’s benefit there you didnt put a comma in.

    Andy Davies was one ref I highlighted before the season started as being one of the selected SG2 refs who are ‘not very good, in fact your…’ and so on. I was not surprised in the slightest to hear of his performance. Often dithering, easily influenced & inconsistent, similar to Tim Robinson and equal in awfulness. Fortunately on Tuesday we have one of the better SG2 refs in Oli Langford who has the potential to make the next step up unlike Davies.

    Thankfully no one on social media seems to have committed hari kari over yesterday’s result, not even Gordon Vine. By all accounts not a bad performance, deserved more, awful ref, just one of those days.

    • nickbruzon September 25, 2016 at 11:39 am #

      Thanks BQ. I thought similar re Ryan but both BBC and FA themselves showed it as four. I can’t imagine either of those would suffer from content management issues……

      As for Gordon Vine, whilst I generally ignore his moribund parping these days (think of the England supporters band with a Twitter account), I take silence as a great sign

  2. martinfrommolineux September 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    Always a pleasure reading your blogs Nick.

    The one thing that both sides can agree on from yesterday’s encounter is that the referee was appalling. I don’t think anyone would have been surprised if he’d awarded you a penalty for handball in the second half but he also turned away what looked like a very valid claim in the first half when Texeira was brought down so possibly those decisions cancelled each other out. Clearly as football fans we are all partisan and have a tendency to see those incidents where decisions go against us, the foul on Bodvarrson in the second half which didn’t so much as attract a free kick would probably have resulted in a straight red in the PL.
    Anyway we could all go on all day about these things but the game itself was good to watch and finely balanced, first half a bit cat and mouse with few clear cut chances. Second half improved and I thought we had things nicely sewn up at 2-0 but after you scored you could almost feel the anxiety from us Wolves fans who have become used to us collapsing from a position of strength, for the last 25 minutes an equaliser seemed more than likely.
    But football is a strange game and what looked increasingly like 2-2 turned into 3-1.
    I’m not complaining nor do I fool myself that we’re anything other than work in progress, clearly however an improvement to when we last met at Molineux!

    Good luck for the rest of the season except of course the return fixture at your place.

    • nickbruzon September 25, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

      Cheers Martin. Congratulations on the win. Whatever the rub of the decisions (and I’m sure both teams, from what you and others have said, feel things were ‘missed’), Wolves took their chances and so are the rightful recipients of the points.
      Following the action from home, I had hopes of a 2-1 collapse but alas it wasn’t to be.
      Next time, Wolves. Next time…..

  3. Rob O September 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    Was at the game. Very subdued performance until their 2nd went in. Then we started playing our game. Not their free kick as has been said but bread and butter for Bentley. Had a direct line of sight of it and he just dived too late. Unexpected mistake. Still once we got going could have drawn or even nicked it. Really have to find a way to play to Hogan ‘s strengths in these games. He was feeding off scraps once again. Still had a good day out with my son. As Dean said not much between the sides and we could have gained a good point with a bit more luck. It’s great to watch bees play at this level so I’m not going to complain about a narrow away defeat. 1-3 was harsh.

    • nickbruzon September 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

      Cheers Rob. I’m not ready to be taking my son ‘away’. Hence the science museum. Got that impression about Hogan up at Villa, too. A tricky problem for Dean to have to overcome, given his obvious talent and game-changing ability.
      Appreciate your input and observations.

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